A few weeks ago, FIRE wrote to California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) to urge administrators to rescind sanctions for seven charges against the Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) sorority based on a “Taco Tuesday”-themed event at which some members wore stereotypically Mexican clothing items. Peter Bonilla, director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program, has the story over at The Daily Caller—and yeah, it’s really as loco as it sounds.» Read More
The State University of New York (SUNY) system is taking major steps to standardize its sexual assault policies across all 64 of its campuses. Last week, at the urging of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, SUNY’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution (PDF) to require, among other things, that SUNY students receive “affirmative consent” for sexual activity. It’s written a little differently than California’s new law, which we have covered extensively on The Torch, but it’s also problematic.» Read More
Category: The Torch
Today, FIRE is proud to announce the release of our newest video, an interview with legendary critic and civil libertarian Nat Hentoff. In the interview, recorded this past April at his New York City residence, Hentoff explains the unique power of the First Amendment, discusses his lifelong love of jazz, and emphasizes the importance of FIRE’s work on our nation’s campuses.» Read More
FIRE President Greg Lukianoff will be appearing on FOX Business’s The Independents tonight at 9:45 p.m. Eastern. Greg will be discussing his most recent book, Freedom From Speech, with hosts Kmele Foster, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, and Matt Welch.
Make sure you tune in to FOX Business at 9:45 p.m. ET to see Greg!
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Students, faculty, and FIRE supporters in the Minneapolis area are invited to hear Catherine Sevcenko, FIRE’s Associate Director of Litigation, speak tomorrow, October 8, at 12:15 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Law School. Catherine will be speaking about “Why We Shouldn’t Stop Hate Speech,” with commentary by Jane Kirtley, University of Minnesota media ethics and law professor and director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law.» Read More
As readers of The Torch may recall, FIRE has seen an increase in recent years of universities disinviting speakers due to their unpopular or controversial views. Columnist George Will and the students of Scripps College in California may be the most recent victims of this trend.» Read More
Category: The Torch
Schools: Scripps College
Cases: Nationwide: Colleges Across the Country Disinvite Commencement Speakers
Thirteen years ago, Central Michigan University (CMU) officials forced students to take down posters that could be perceived as offensive to other students, even images of the American flag. Yesterday, the CMU Insider spoke to Azhar Majeed, Director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Education Program, to ask: Do CMU policies still violate students’ free speech rights today?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes.» Read More
This afternoon, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is inviting students to provide input into the hiring process for a newly-created position of Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Hopefully this will lead to a broad and wide-ranging conversation that includes the fundamental importance of protecting dissenting opinions.» Read More
Yeehaw! Joe Cohn, FIRE’s Legislative and Policy Director, will be travelling across the Lone Star State for a rootin’ tootin’ Texan campus tour. Students and faculty at or near the University of Houston, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University at San Marcos, and Texas A&M are invited to attend Joe’s presentation and learn about their rights to freedom of speech and due process on campus.» Read More
Supporters of FIRE’s mission to defend free speech in academia may already be familiar with Chicago State University’s years-long campaign to shut down criticism of its administration. Some of its staunchest critics, however—a group of faculty members who blog at CSU Faculty Voice—refuse to be silenced.» Read More